NOVA IB Handbook

The IB Diploma Program

The IB DP is an academically challenging program that prepares 11th and 12th graders at NOVA for the academic rigor of university studies and beyond. Students select six courses at either higher or standard level in each of the five groups, thus ensuring breadth of experience in the languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. The program has three core requirements: the Extended Essay (EE), the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, and Creativity, Action, Service (CAS). Students may opt for earning individual subject certificates, rather than the full diploma, if it does not best meet individual needs. IB learners are often seen as avid inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers; they are knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, caring, balanced and reflective students. The program is taught over two years and has gained the recognition of many of the world’s leading universities.

Mission Statement:

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

IB Program

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a challenging two-year curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19. It leads to a qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities.

The curriculum contains six subject groups together with a core made up of three separate parts.

Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Normally three subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours), and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level (courses representing 150 teaching hours).
NOVA International Schools has been an IB World School since January 2006.
IB school code: 002853

Core Requirements and Assessment

The three core requirements are:

  • Extended essay: The extended essay has a prescribed limit of 4,000 words. It offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of individual interest, and acquaints students with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.

  • Theory of knowledge:The interdisciplinary TOK course is designed to provide coherence by exploring the nature of knowledge across disciplines, encouraging an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.

  • Creativity, action, service: Participation in the school’s CAS program encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work, thus fostering students’ awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena.At the end of the two-year program, students are assessed both internally and externally in ways that measure individual performance against stated objectives for each subject.


In nearly all subjects at least some of the assessment is carried out internally by teachers, who mark individual pieces of work produced as part of a course of study. Examples include oral exercises in language subjects, projects, student portfolios, class presentations, practical laboratory work, mathematical investigations and artistic performances.


Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners. Examples include world literature assignments for language A1, written assignments for language A2, essays for theory of knowledge and extended essays.

The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points. 

IB Courses

LANGUAGE A (Studies in language and Literature):

  • IB English Language and Literature A HL & SL

  • Macedonian Language and Literature  A HL & SL

  • Albanian Language and Literature  A HL & SL


  • IB English Language B HL & SL

  • IB French Language B HL & SL

  • IB French Language Ab Initio SL

  • IB German Language B  HL & SL

  • IB German Language Ab Initio SL

  • IB Italian Language B HL & SL

  • IB Italian Language Ab Initio SL

  • IB Spanish Language B HL & SL

  • IB Spanish language Ab Initio SL


  • IB Economics HL & SL

  • IB World History HL & SL

  • IB Psychology HL & SL

  • IB Global Politics HL & SL


  • IB Physics HL & SL

  • IB Biology  HL & SL

  • IB Chemistry  HL & SL

  • IB Sport Science HL & SL


  • IB Mathematics HL & SL

  • IB Mathematics Studies SL


  • IB Visual Arts HL & SL

TOK, CAS and EXTENDED ESSAY are required for completing the IB Diploma Program. Two Languages A are required for obtaining a bilingual diploma. For further information on the IB Diploma Programme at NOVA, please check the Student-Parent Guide.

Grading and Recognition

Grading System

The grading system is criterion based (results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student’s position in the overall rank order); validity, reliability and fairness are the watchwords of the Diploma Programme’s assessment strategy. The grading practice is to award grades on a 1 - 7 scale.

Recognition of the IB Diploma

The IB works with universities in nearly 140 countries to promote broader recognition of the Diploma Programme for the 120,000 Diploma Programme graduates entering university each year.To aid this process, university admissions officers and government officials have direct online access to all syllabuses and recent examinations. To assist IB diploma students in making appropriate choices, the organization holds a database containing contact details of universities around the world together with up-to-date information about their requirements for admission. Students applying to a particular university may also grant permission for their grades to be accessed directly from the IBO’s secure web site.